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22 Nov

The ONCA at one month: the good, the bad, and the frequently misunderstood

Monday, November 22, 2021Clifford S. Goldfarb, James M. Parks, Heather Keachie, Christine JubianBusiness Law, Corporate Law, Non-Profit and CharitiesNot-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

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The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the “ONCA”) came into effect as of October 19, 2021, and there are a number of misconceptions about its effect on existing corporations incorporated under the...

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14 Oct

Ontario Business Registry: Moving Businesses Online

Thursday, October 14, 2021Clifford S. Goldfarb, James M. Parks, Heather Keachie, Christine JubianBusiness Law, Corporate Law, Non-Profit and CharitiesNot-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA), Ontario Business Registry

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On October 19, 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) will open the online Ontario Business Registry (“OBR”). The registry will 

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26 Aug

Ontario Eliminates the Resident Canadian Director Requirement

Thursday, August 26, 2021Eliane Leal da SilvaBusiness Law, Corporate LawOntario Business Corporations Act, Bill 213: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act

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The province of Ontario, by Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act (“Bill 213”), has revoked subsection 118(3) of the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (“OBCA”) which requires that...

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19 Aug

SPECIAL RELEASE Re Proclamation of Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (Ontario) (the “ONCA”) ONCA will be proclaimed October 19, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021Clifford S. Goldfarb, James M. Parks, Heather Keachie, Christine JubianBusiness Law, Corporate Law, Non-Profit and Charities

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The Government of Ontario has just announced that the ONCA will be coming into effect on October 19, 2021. The lengthy delay since...

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14 May

The Ontario government continues to modernize the way in which documents can be executed and sworn

Thursday, May 14, 2020Lindsay Ann HistropBusiness Law, Corporate Law, Tax and Estate PlanningCOVID-19, Wills, Powers of Attorney, State of Emergency, Bill 190, Notaries Act, Commissioner for Taking Affidavits Act

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The COVID-19 health emergency continues to cause the Ontario government to modernize legislation and to bring it into conformity with our technological world.

On May 12, 2020, the Ontario government passed Bill 190, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020.

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16 Apr

Directors and officers need to stay focused and diligent during COVID-19 health emergency

Thursday, April 16, 2020Arlene O'Neill, Kathleen SkerrettSecurities Law, Business Law, Corporate Law, Tax LawDirectors and Officers Liability, Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage, HST/GST

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With the COVID-19 health emergency continuing for a least another month in Ontario and non-essential businesses remaining closed, directors and officers must continue to remain focused of their duties and to protect the companies they serve as a director or officer and themselves from potential liability.

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2 Apr

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Federal and Provincial Government Relief Measures Available to Businesses

Thursday, April 2, 2020Stephen A. ThieleLitigation, Business LawCoronavirus, COVID-19, Layoffs, Wage Subsidy, Work-Sharing Program Extensions, Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

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This blog will provide an overview of the most significant federal and provincial relief measures to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in the face of the unique and pressing challenges presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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21 Jun

Social Clubs with Share Capital and the ONCA

Thursday, June 21, 2018Clifford S. GoldfarbBusiness Law, Corporate Law, Non-Profit and Charities, Ontario Corporations ActSocial Clubs

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Transition Requirements for Share Capital Social Clubs Under the Ontario Corporations Act on Proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

There are 148 share capital social clubs currently in existence in the province of Ontario[1]. These are non-profit companies with...

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23 Oct

Evolution of the Shareholders’ Agreement in Canada

Monday, October 23, 2017Peter MoffattBusiness Law, Corporate LawShareholders’ Agreement

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Business corporations statutes in most Canadian jurisdictions allow the shareholders of a corporation to restrict, in whole or in part, the powers of the directors of the Corporation to...

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25 Sep

PIPEDA - Draft Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations Published

Monday, September 25, 2017Catherine CarscallenPrivacy Law, Business Law, Corporate LawAnti-Spam, Digital Privacy Act, Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations

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The Digital Privacy Act, passed in June 2015, made a number of amendments to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). Key among these amendments was...

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18 Jul

Keep it Simple and Safe – Explaining the new-found popularity of the SAFE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017George TorySecurities Law, Business Law, Corporate LawIPO, Preferred Shares, Investor Agreements

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If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  

Not for a SAFE.

In the case of a SAFE, or a ...

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26 Jul

Securities Distributions Outside of Canada. A Summary of the OSC's Proposed Rule 72-503

Tuesday, July 26, 2016Kathleen Skerrett, Heather ZordelLitigation, Capital Markets, Securities Law, Business LawOntario Securities Commission, Rule 72-503

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The line designating when the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will regulate a distribution of securities is being redrawn. The current “rule”, Interpretation Note 1 Distributions of Securities Outside Ontario under a repealed OSC Policy 1.5 (OSC Interpretation Note 1.5) has...

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